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Visit Sacramento — California begins here!

Sacramento area museums reflect the diversity of our residents, our geography and our history. Here, you can do much more than simply read about the California Gold Rush – you can actually experience it! While you are here, don’t miss the rest of what the Sacramento region has to offer. We have beautiful natural resources, exemplified by our trees and rivers. We offer abundant employment, shopping and recreational opportunities, special events and award-winning restaurants.

Aerospace Museum of California

Aerospace history is a remarkable story, and it all unfolds here at the Museum. Explore the exhibits, sit in the cockpit of an airplane, learn the stories of these aircraft first hand or explore the wonders of space. The Museum is truly a place where dreams take flight.

3200 Freedom Park Drive, McClellan, CA 95652

916.643.3192     |    Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm

California Automobile Museum

Experience automotive evolution at the California Automobile Museum. From the invention of the car and into the future, our exhibits include modern and classic vehicles from all over the world. Enjoy a tour by a knowledgeable docent, take a picture in a Model T, or pick up a customized license plate in the gift shop. Vroom! Vroom! Vroom!

2200 Front Street, Sacramento Waterfront

916.442.6802 | Hours: Daily: 10am – 6pm; 3rd Thurs 10am – 9pm

California State Capitol Museum

Want to rub elbows with California’s most influential decision makers? The general public has been able to do just that since the State Capitol building opened its doors in Sacramento in 1869. Museum exhibits and historical items offer a glimpse into California’s political past while the rest of the building acts as a “living museum.” Of course, California’s elected officials just refer to the Capitol as “the office.”

Capitol Building, 10th & L Streets, Downtown Sacramento, CA

916.324.0333 | Hours: Daily 9 AM-5 PM • Free Admission

California State Military Museum

Attention! The California State Military Museum is the state’s official military museum and research center, which features two floors of weapons, uniforms, photos and over 30,000 other artifacts that reflect California and U.S. military history from Colonial times through today. The museum houses a 21,000 volume research library and conference and meeting facilities.

1119 2nd Street, Old Sacramento, CA

916.854.1900 | Hours: Tues–Sun 10am–5pm (Please call for winter hours.)

California State Railroad Museum

The California State Railroad Museum Library is located adjacent to the Museum on the second floor of the Big Four Building.  Library materials are available for review in the reading room, open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. The CSRM Store is open daily 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Help keep the trains rolling by joining the California State Railroad Museum.  Several membership levels are available for individuals, families and children.  Choose the membership that is best for you.

125 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA. 95814

Phone: (916) 445-6645 | Open daily from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. (Except major holidays.)

California Statewide Museum Collections Center

California State Parks is the steward of historical collections that have developed over the past 130 years. The new Statewide Museum Collections Center serves the Department’s goals of preservation and access to the cultural resources held in trust for the people of California. “California, Uniquely Diverse: Preserving our Heritage” - the Center’s inaugural exhibit- explores the origins and breadth of State Parks Collections and the work performed by the cultural specialists who care for them.

4940 Lang Avenue McClellan, CA 95652

916.263.0805 | Hours: Tue-Fri 1-4pm (except major holidays) • Free admission

Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento

The Center for Contemporary Art, Sacramento, founded in 1989, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement and appreciation of new and experimental art by international, national and regional artists. In addition to the 5-7 annual exhibitions and associated lectures, CCAS also hosts several events including Private Collections in the spring and the Capitol Artists' Studio Tour in September.

1519 19th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811

916.498.9811 | Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 12-5; Second Saturday 6-9pm

Center for Sacramento History

The Center for Sacramento History (CSH) educates and enriches the public by collecting, preserving, and making accessible the region’s vast cultural heritage. CSH is the repository and research center for Sacramento City and County historic collections. These collections include both three-dimensional museum artifacts and archival records such as public documents, manuscripts, and personal papers.

551 Sequoia Pacific Boulevard, Sacramento, CA 95811

TEL (916) 808-7072  |  FAX (916) 808-7582
Mon – Fri: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (closed from 12:00-1:00 p.m.)

Crocker Art Museum

The Crocker Art Museum, established in 1885, was one of the first art museums in the U.S. and is now one of the leading art institutions in California. The Crocker features one of the country’s finest collections of Californian art, exceptional holdings of master drawings, a comprehensive collection of international ceramics, as well as collections of European, Asian, African, and Oceanic art.

216 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

916.808.7000     |    Tues – Sun 10 AM – 5 PM, Thurs 10 AM – 9 PM

Discovery Museum Science & Space Center

Celebrate 60 Years of Sensational Science all year long! Weekends feature programs, crafts, and special exhibits highlighting a different science milestone of the past 60 years each week. Live animal shows & planetarium shows! Check our website for details.

3615 Auburn Boulevard, Sacramento, CA

916.575.3942 | Hours: Tues–Fri noon–4:30pm; Sat–Sun 10am–4:30pm

Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum

Inspired by California's unique and rich history of pharmacy, the Don & June Salvatori California Pharmacy Museum is just what the doctor ordered. Come celebrate the role of the pharmacist in promoting the health and well-being of Californians since the state's inception in 1850.

4030 Lennane Drive, Natomas, CA

916.779.1410 ext. 326 | Hours: Mon–Fri by appointment • Free Admission

Fairytale Town

Since 1959, Fairytale Town has been a treasured place of laughter, memories, learning and family fun. Favorite fairytales and nursery rhymes are the backdrop for more than 25 colorful play sets in this non-profit children’s park and educational center. The park is also home to a family of 22 rare and miniature breed animals, three interactive learning gardens and two performing arts stages.

3901 Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822

March – October, Open Daily 9 AM – 4 PM
November – February, Thurs – Sunday: 10 AM – 4 PM

Governor’s Mansion State Historic Park

Built in 1877, the Governor's Mansion is a regal Victorian mansion that was the home of California's governors from George Pardee in 1903 until Ronald Reagan took office in the late 1960s. While the Capitol acted as the office, this mansion acted as the family home. Enjoy the opulently decorated rooms while learning all the tales, secrets and mischief of the families that lived there.

16th and H Street, Sacramento, CA

916.323.3047 | 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Wednesday through Sunday

Heidrick Ag History Center

Though Sacramento has grown into a bustling cosmopolitan city, the region's roots are firmly planted on the farm. Just a short drive from downtown Sacramento, the Heidrick Ag History Center showcases the marvels of agriculture and commercial trucking with 130,000 square feet of interactive one-of-a-kind exhibits and the world's largest collection of antique agricultural equipment.

1962 Hays Lane, Woodland, California

530.666.9700 | Hours: Wed-Sun 10am–5pm (10am–4pm Winter Hours)

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

Leland Stanford, former California governor, railroad tycoon and founder of Stanford University, purchased what would become this elegant mansion for $ 8,000 in 1861. A recent restoration has recaptured the mansion's Victorian grandeur. Serving as the governor's office prior to the opening of the State Capitol, today it is the State's official location for diplomatic and protocol receptions, but non-diplomats can enjoy its grandeur on daily tours.

800 N Street, Downtown Sacramento, CA

916.324.0575 | Hours: Call for hours.

Maidu Museum & Historic Site

The Maidu Museum & Historic Site offers a unique cultural haven for families and individuals who want to experience the life ways and culture of the Nisenan Maidu who called this location home for thousands of years . While the Museum presents interactive exhibits and displays, the outside trail wanders through the Historic Site and offers visitors a chance to see the lasting cultural landmarks via hundreds of bedrock mortar holes and deeply carved petroglyphs.

1970 Johnson Ranch Drive, Roseville, CA

916.774.5934 | Mon-Fri:  9 AM – 4 PM,  Sat 9 AM – 1 PM
Third Saturday evening: 6:30-8:30 PM

Museum of Medical History

Experience the evolution of medicine from the Gold Rush to today in this unique museum presented by the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society. Exhibits include an iron lung, patent medicines and pharmacology, antibiotics and infectious diseases, Asian medicine, nursing, radiology, quackery and plenty of other tools that will make you grateful for today's modern medicine.

5380 Elvas Ave, Sacramento, CA 95819

916.456.3152 | Mon–Fri 9am–4pm • Free Admission  •  Closed Holidays  •  Four free programs each year-see website

Old Sacramento Schoolhouse Museum

The Old Sacramento Schoolhouse allows you to experience California's early days of education in a living replica of an 1800s one-room schoolhouse. Enjoy the photographs, books, pot-bellied stove, desks and other antique items from the Gold Rush era, but be on your best behavior, or the schoolmarm might make you stay late and clap the dust off the erasers.

1200 Front Street, Old Sacramento, CA

916.483.8818 | Hours: Mon–Sat 10am–4pm; Sun 1–4pm • Free Admission

Old Sacramento State Historic Park

Old Sacramento packs a lot of history into just a couple blocks. Check out the cluster of noteworthy early Gold Rush sites including the Eagle Theatre, the BF Hastings Building (home of the California Supreme Court), the western terminus of the Pony Express, and the 1855 Big Four Building (home to the Huntington & Hopkins Hardware Store and the California State Railroad Museum Library).

Front and I Streets, Old Sacramento, CA

916.445.6645 | Hours: Daily 10am–5pm • Free Admission

Roseville Utility Exploration Center

The Roseville Utility Exploration Center is a unique regional learning center committed to teaching students and visitors about sustainability in the home, school and community. Water and energy efficiency, waste reduction and watershed protection are the foundation of our programs designed to save money and resources in a fun and engaging way. While you’re here, explore our hands-on exhibit hall, pick up a free, limited-edition Planet Protector comic book, participate in a green living workshop and join us at one of our community events.

1501 Pleasant Grove Blvd., Roseville, CA 95747

916.746.1550 | Hours: 10AM-5PM, Tuesday – Saturday | Free Admission

Sacramento Children’s Museum

The Sacramento Children’s Museum (SCM) is designed for children, eight and younger, to "learn-by-doing!" At SCM we encourage families to explore, create and inspire. SCM includes hands-on exhibit areas featuring art, water, airways and raceways, a giant Lite Brite and fun activities. There is also special area for infants and toddlers to enjoy safe exploration.

2701 Prospect Park Drive, Rancho Cordova, CA

916.638.7225 | Hours: TuesSat 9am—5pm, Sun 12pm—5pm

Sacramento Historic City Cemetery

There's much more to see at Sacramento's Historic City Cemetery than you might first think. A true outdoor museum, the cemetery is adorned with ornate statues, dramatic markers and lush gardens, providing a great record of California's history from the Gold Rush Era through today. Keep an eye out for the popular "Lantern Tours" held in October.

Enter on Broadway at 10th Street

916.448.0811 | Hours: Call for hours • Free Admission

Sacramento History Museum

Formerly the Discovery Museum History Center, the Sacramento History Museum is a true celebration of all aspects of life in Sacramento over the past 200 years. The Museum tells the stories of our city founders, rivers, the Gold Rush, agriculture, the media, industry, culture and more. If it happened in Sacramento, it's happening at the Sacramento History Museum.

101 I Street, Old Sacramento, CA

916.808.7059 | Hours: Daily 10am—5pm

Sacramento Zoo

Wildly Inspiring! Experience tigers, giraffes, and the reptile house. Catch a wildlife stage show or animal encounter. Situated in green and shady Land Park, this unique zoo features hundreds of rare and endangered animals in addition to hosting a wide variety of special events.

3930 W Land Park Dr, Sacramento, CA 95822

916.808.5888 | Hours: Daily 9am–4pm, Nov–Jan Daily 10am–4pm

Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum

Named in honor of the celebrated abolitionist and women's rights activist, the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum is dedicated to bringing African, Asian, Hispanic and Native American art to the general public. Displaying art from around the world, the museum also features an extensive list of workshops, classes and special events.

2251 Florin Road, South Sacramento, CA

916.320.9573 | Hours: Mon–Fri 8am–4pm; Sat–Sun 10am–5:30pm (by appointment)

State Indian Museum

Long before the Gold Rush, Native Americans made their home in California. The State Indian Museum offers a fascinating glimpse into California’s history and illustrates California Indian culture, arts and the lifestyle of our state’s earliest inhabitants. Included are hands-on exhibits, which offer you the chance to try traditional Native American tools for yourself.

2618 K Street, Midtown Sacramento, CA

916.324.0971 | Hours: 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM open daily.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

All aspiring pioneers will want to mosey on over to Sutter's Fort. Sacramento's road to cityhood can be traced back to this structure, built beginning in 1839, where John Sutter offered supplies and rest to pioneers. As the region's original commerce center, the fort offered a blacksmith shop, bakery, living quarters and more. Be on the look out for a colorful bunch of costumed "living history" docents who call the park home.

2701 L Street, Midtown Sacramento, CA

916.445.4422 | 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Daily
(Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day)

The California Museum

Home of the official California Hall of Fame, The California Museum educates, enlightens and inspires visitors on California’s rich history and legacy of influence on the world through ideas, innovation, the arts and culture. Through interactive and innovative exhibits and programming, the Museum inspires men, women and children to dream the California dream and to make their own mark on history.

1020 O Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

916.653.7524     |    Hours: Tues-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 10am-5pm

Wells Fargo History Museum – Downtown

At the Wells Fargo History Museum’s downtown location, the company’s rich history is highlighted with interpretive exhibits that showcase Wells Fargo’s banking history, staging and its commercial role in Sacramento’s history. Original documents and artifacts include postal history, treasure boxes and the iconic and beautifully restored Concord stagecoach.

400 Capitol Mall, Downtown Sacramento, CA

916.440.4161 | Hours: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm • Free Admission

Wells Fargo History Museum – Old Sacramento

Make your next stage stop at the Wells Fargo History Museum in Old Sacramento and view artifacts including gold scales, a treasure box, a working telegraph and a model of a Concord stagecoach.

1000 2nd Street, Old Sacramento, CA

916.440.4263 | Hours: Daily 10am–5pm • Free Admission